• Kate Shields has been interim CEO since July last year
  • Trust placed in special measures in October 2017

An acute trust in special measures has made its interim chief executive a permanent appointment.

Kate Shields, who joined the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in 2017, will lead the trust after being its interim CEO since Kathy Byrne resigned in July last year.

The trust was placed in special measures in October 2017 after the Care Quality Commission reported serious safety concerns.

Last month, the CQC raised the trust’s rating from “inadequate” to “requires improvement”, but the trust remained in special measures.

Ms Shields, a former registered nurse and mental health nurse, has previously held director-level jobs, including national head of specialised commissioning and regional director of specialised commissioning at NHS England.

Trust chair Mairi McLean said: “The experience Kate has already gained from her time at RCHT, and the positive working relationships that have been established across the health and care system in Cornwall provide much needed continuity.”